Holmes MS Weekly Update - 10/13/19

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Principal's Note

Good afternoon & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Thank you for such a great turnout at the parent coffee this past Wednesday about Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student's Success!  We heard from students about how they use their binders and tech tools to stay organized, and we talked through how to use the tools to update your contact information, view your students' grades, attendance, bus information and more.  Here are the two key sites we used:

Teachers' Google Classrooms and sites can be accessed through your students' Google accounts.  We encourage parents/guardians to sit side-by-side with their students to talk through what is there in each resource and how they can use it to support them.  We will also have the same topic as our focus at October's PTA meeting on Thursday, October 24th, at 5:30 pm (right before the Fall Preview Concert).   

 

Vaping 

There has been quite a bit of information in the news recently about vaping.  Take a look at this interesting video about vaping devices from the Today show this past week.     

 

SAVE THE DATE: Mini-Conferences - November 5th, 8-10 am

We hope you can join us on November 5th at our annual mini-conferences, which are in the morning this year.  If Holmes is your polling site, you can come and vote, and then come chat with your students' teachers!  See the flyers below for more details.  

 

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on October 14 for Columbus Day Holiday
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Lunch Bunch
  • Youth Survey Parent Notification Letters
  • Holmes MS Annual Food Drive
  • National Junior Honor Society Bake Sale
  • SCA Spirit Week (10/ 21 – 10/25)
  • ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
  • End of 1st Quarter and SCA Activity Day - 11/1
  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) Lessons through 7th Grade History Classes
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events (Updated)
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on October 14 for Columbus Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 14, for the Columbus Day holiday. October 14 is a school planning day for staff members. SACC will be open. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 15. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 10/14 - 10/18

This week:

Mon., 10/14 =  School Planning Day / Student Holiday

Tues., 10/15 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 5, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 10/16 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 10/17 =  White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 6, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 10/18 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 10/14

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

LUNCH BUNCH

Each month, I invite students to join me for lunch to talk about whatever is on their minds, and I always get lots of great feedback and ideas for the After School Program.  It is always a lot of fun!  Students can sign up HERE to express their interest, and the sign-up is also available on their grade-level Google Classroom. The next one is on Friday, November 15th. 

Youth Survey Parent Notification Letters

Below is the text of the letter from the Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent about the annual Fairfax County Youth Survey.  6th and 8th grade students will receive a copy of this letter to bring, and parents have the opportunity to opt their child out of the survey. 

For access to the links in the letter:

National Junior Honor Society Bake Sale

The National Junior Honor Society is active this year at Holmes!

NJHS members will be holding a bake sale during elections and mini-conferences on November 5. Please bring small bills and support your NJHS members!

 

7th and 8th Grade students interested in joining NJHS this year, please see complete details on the school website here.  Please also note the following dates:

  • End of November: GPA reports distributed from FCPS
  • December 17: information session for students during ER4
  • December 19 and January 6: application help sessions for students after school

January 8, 2020: online applications due by 4:00 pm (10 service hours verified through x2vol due at this time)

Holmes MS Annual Food Drive

The Holmes MS Annual Food Drive has officially started!  Students can turn in non-perishable food items (rice, flour, pasta, peanut butter, canned foods, etc) to their SOAR teacher from now until November 22nd.  If students donate three food items and complete a reflection, they can receive one hour of service learning.

SCA Spirit Week (10/21 – 10/25)

SCA Spirit Week (October 21 – October 25)

Digital Citizenship Week themes and SCA Spirit Week days will be aligned with one another

  • Monday, October 21: Culture Day
        • Wear something that represents your culture, background, heritage, hometown
        • Digital Citizenship Theme: Reflect on Tech Use
  • Tuesday, October 22: Athletic Wear Day
        • Athletic wear, sportswear, favorite team, etc.
        • Digital Citizenship Theme: Healthy Tech Habits
  • Wednesday, October 23: Wacky Wednesday
        • Wear something wacky, silly, and creative!!
        • Digital Citizenship Theme: Use Tech to Create
  • Thursday, October 24: Student-Teacher Swap
  • Dress like a teacher, dress to impress
  • Digital Citizenship Theme: Responsible Media
  • Friday, October 25: Comfy Clothes Day
  • Kick back, relax, wear something comfy
  • Digital Citizenship Theme: Take a Break from Screens

 

ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety End of 1st Quarter and SCA Activity Day - 11/1

 End of Quarter: Activity Day

  • The purpose of this EOQ: Activity Day is to reward students for their good academics and good behavior
  • Activities currently include: Field Games (basketball, football, soccer, kickball, etc.), Movie, Gym
  • Logistics of production is currently in development
  • More information to come…
Signs of Suicide (SOS) Lessons through 7th Grade History - Nov. 11th-14th

Holmes Middle School Student Services along with Clinicians will be presenting the SOS program to 7th grade students through History classes during the week of November 11.  As you may know, anxiety and depression are all too common in our youth today.  Educating them about the signs of depression, and on steps they can take for themselves and/or their friends to get help is critical to healthy development and overall wellness. The SOS Program includes both a video and a Wellness Screening.  The psychoeducational video is child-sensitive, with language and images that are developmentally appropriate.  The characters in the video portray what a child might go thorough when suffering from depression, how it differs from sadness, and how they know when to seek help.  It also coaches students on when to seek help if a friend is exhibiting these behaviors using the acronym ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).  The Wellness Screening used for FCPS in a short survey in which students will check off “yes” or “no” to questions about themselves.

Parents/guardians will have various opportunities to view the “Time to ACT” video and ask questions about the wellness screening: During Mini Conferences on November 5 at the following times: 8am, 9am, and 10am.

We also encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs and risk factors for youth suicide, to access useful resources, and to learn more about the key message all students will learn: ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). You can preview the video your student will watch and take an anonymous online mental health screening on behalf of your child. 

If you have any questions about the screening, please feel free to contact your child’s counselor. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the SOS Program, please indicate this on the permission slip (which will be mailed home the week of October 15th) and return it to Mrs. Girón, Director of Student Services no later than Wednesday, November 6, 2019. 

Informacion en Espanol: https://sossignsofsuicide.org/sites/default/files/2019-06/Spanish%20Parent%20Newsletter%20MW.pdf

Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

Important Dates
  • Mon., 10/14, - School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • Tue., 10/15 - Fri., 10/18 - MWEE (7th Grade Science Field Trip)
  • Mon., 10/21 - Fri., 10/25 - SCA Spirit Week
  • Thur., 10/24 - 5:30-6:30 pm - PTA Meeting (Prior to Fall Preview Concert) - Theme: Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student
  • Thurs., 10/24 - 7:00 pm - Fall Preview Concert
  • Thurs., 10/31 - 7th Grade Science Water Quality Field Trip
  • Fri., 11/1 - End of 1st Quarter
  • Fri., 11/1 - Chorus Field Trip
  • Fri., 11/1 - SCA Activity Day (modified schedule)
  • Mon., 11/4 -School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • Tues., 11/5 - Election Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • Tue., 11/5, 8-10 am - Mini-Conference Morning with Teachers
  • Thurs., 11/7, 4:30-6 pm - Principal Meet & Greet @ Bren Mar Park Elementary School Family Market
  • Fri., 11/8-Fri., 11/15 - Administration of Fairfax County Youth Survey for 6th & 8th graders 
  • Mon., 11/11-Thur., 11/14 - Signs of Suicide lessons through 7th grade History classes
  • Mon., 11/18-Wed., 11/20 - 5-year International Baccalaureate Re-evaluation Visit (Annandale HS, Holmes MS, Poe MS)
  • Fri., 11/22, SOAR Time - Quarter 1 Honor Roll Celebration (Only Staff and Students Attend)
  • Wed., 11/27 - Fri., 11/29 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Wed., 12/4 - 9-10 am - Parent Coffee  - Theme: Student Mental Wellness and Resiliency
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Event Reminder for Annandale Pyramid Families

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Holmes MS Weekly Update - 10/7/19

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Principal's Note

Good afternoon & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

It is hard to believe that we have just completed week 6 of the school year and have just 4 weeks to go until the end of 1st quarter (Friday, November 1st)!  This year, we are trying something new and giving our students additional opportunities to celebrate the end of each quarter with activity periods that will be at the end of the day on the last day of the quarter.  On November 1st, we will modify the schedule for the day so that students still see all of their classes, and then we will have a 2-hour activity period when students in good standing (good attendance and behavior as defined by consistent on-time arrival to class and no discipline referrals) will be able to choose the activities they participate in (open gym, watching a movie, and other fun activities).  I will announce this to students tomorrow.  

Our Family Engagement calendar is continuing to be updated!  I am so excited for our plan for the year.  Again, I want to apologize for the rescheduling and cancelling that we have had to do.  I caught a bug this past week and was out on October 2nd, so we will have our rescheduled parent coffee on Wednesday, October 9th, from 9-10 am.  Our theme this month is about Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student's Success.  If you can't make it on Wednesday, that's okay!  Since our event at the Lincolnia Community Resource Center didn't work out for this month, I'll be visiting the Weyanoke Elementary School Family Market on Thurs., October 10th, from 5-7 pm.  I'll be in the teacher's lounge near the market, so please feel free to come by if you would like to learn about some tech tools and talk more about how things are going for your student at Holmes!  We will also have the same topic as our focus on October's PTA meeting on Thursday, October 24th, at 5:30 pm (right before the Fall Preview Concert).   I hope to see you at one of the events this month!

This Thursday, October 9, 2019 at 7 pm, there will also be a very special event this week at North Springfield Elementary School for families in the Annandale Pyramid to attend their PTA meeting and meet with our Region 2 Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Zuluaga, our Mason District School Board Representative, Sandy Evans, and our Braddock District School Board Representative, Megan McLaughlin.  See more details in the flyer below.

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Lunch Bunch
  • Picture Day
  • Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on October 14 for Columbus Day Holiday
  • SCA Spirit Week (10/ 21 – 10/25)
  • End of 1st Quarter and SCA Activity Day - 11/1
  • 2019 Biocode Competition
  • 2020 Yearbook for Sale
  • Library & Makerspace Updates
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
  • Get Technology Products at a Discount with the Technology@Home Program
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events (Updated)
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 10/7 - 10/11

This week:

Mon., 10/7 =  Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues., 10/8 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 3, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 10/9 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 10/10 =  White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 4, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 10/4 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 10/7

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

LUNCH BUNCH

Almost 30 students joined me for Lunch Bunch on Friday!  Each month, I invite students to join me for lunch to talk about whatever is on their minds, and I always get lots of great feedback and ideas for the After School Program.  It is always a lot of fun!  Students can sign up HERE to express their interest, and the sign-up is also available on their grade-level Google Classroom. The next one is on Friday, October 11th. 

Picture Day

Picture Day will be held on Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8. Pictures may be order online at mylifetouch.com using Picture Day ID: HJ229047Q0. Let’s make it a day to remember!

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on October 14 for Columbus Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 14, for the Columbus Day holiday. October 14 is a school planning day for staff members. SACC will be open. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 15. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

SCA Spirit Week (10/ 21 – 10/25)

SCA Spirit Week (October 21 – October 25)

Digital Citizenship Week themes and SCA Spirit Week days will be aligned with one another

  • Monday, October 21: Culture Day
        • Wear something that represents your culture, background, heritage, hometown
        • Digital Citizenship Theme: Reflect on Tech Use
  • Tuesday, October 22: Athletic Wear Day
        • Athletic wear, sportswear, favorite team, etc.
        • Digital Citizenship Theme: Healthy Tech Habits
  • Wednesday, October 23: Wacky Wednesday
        • Wear something wacky, silly, and creative!!
        • Digital Citizenship Theme: Use Tech to Create
  • Thursday, October 24: Student-Teacher Swap
  • Dress like a teacher, dress to impress
  • Digital Citizenship Theme: Responsible Media
  • Friday, October 25: Comfy Clothes Day
  • Kick back, relax, wear something comfy
  • Digital Citizenship Theme: Take a Break from Screens

 

End of 1st Quarter and SCA Activity Day - 11/1

 End of Quarter: Activity Day

  • The purpose of this EOQ: Activity Day is to reward students for their good academics and good behavior
  • Activities currently include: Field Games (basketball, football, soccer, kickball, etc.), Movie, Gym
  • Logistics of production is currently in development
  • More information to come…
Library & Makerspace Updates

As we mentioned last week our MakerSpace team is hard at work planning for a MakerSpace in our Holmes Library. A MakerSpace gives students the opportunity to learn, grow and gain valuable skills. Educational research is finding that students engaged in these types of activities are acquiring skills that not only make them better students but more prepared for the world in and out of school.

We had our first successful MakerMonday afterschool on Monday, September 24th. Students followed diagrams, had to take measurements and created a variety of choice projects like this picture frame, all using simple washi tape. Future events include a duct tape project, block coding and making interactive greeting cards using circuits.

“Schools are turning to makerspaces to facilitate activities that inspire confidence in young learners, and help them acquire entrepreneurial skills that are immediately applicable in the real world” (NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition, p. 39).

If you’d like to help out with this initiative please reach out to Ms Haywood, we are seeking donations of time and/or resources. If you’d like to make a one click donation check out our new Amazon Wish List: 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1MTCL9PCFA2P1

All purchases are shipped directly to the school making it easier than ever to support us. Please contact Ms. Haywood if you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time cnhaywood@fcps.edu.

Access ebooks, Databases and Encyclopedias from Your Computer

Did you know you and your student can access ebooks, databases and encyclopedias from your computer? All of these resources can easily be found at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/library and the required passwords on the attached sheet. Please feel free to reach out to Ms Haywood if you have any questions. 

2019 BioCode Competition

Are you interested in biology or computer science? Do you enjoy competing with students? TJHSST Bioinformatics Society is hosting its 4th annual BioCode competition, with over $1000 in prizes. To register, please sign up at this link.

2020 Yearbook for Sale Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety Get Technology Products at a Discount with the Technology@Home Program

The Technology@Home program offers FCPS students and staff an opportunity to purchase technology products from vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard at discounted rates. More information is available online.  

Important Dates
  • Mon., 10/7 & Tues., 10/8 - PICTURE DAY (through PE classes)
  • Wed., 10/9, 9-10 am - Parent Coffee (Rescheduled from 10/2)- Theme: Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student
  • Wed., 10/9, 7 pm - North Springfield Elementary PTA meeting with Dr. Zuluaga, Sandy Evans, & Megan McLaughlin
  • Thurs., 10/10, 5-7 pm - Principal Meet & Greet @ Weyanoke Elementary School Family Market
  • Mon., 10/14, - School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • Mon., 10/21 - Fri., 10/25 - SCA Spirit Week
  • Thur., 10/24 - 5:30-6:30 pm - PTA Meeting (Prior to Fall Preview Concert) - Theme: Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student
  • Thurs., 10/24 - 7:00 pm - Fall Preview Concert
  • Fri., 11/1 - End of 1st Quarter
  • Fri., 11/1 - SCA Activity Day (modified schedule)
  • Mon., 11/4 -School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • Tues., 11/5 - Election Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • Tue., 11/5, 8-10 am - Mini-Conference Morning with Teachers
  • Thurs., 11/7, 4:30-6 pm - Principal Meet & Greet @ Bren Mar Park Elementary School Family Market
  • Fri., 11/22, SOAR Time - Quarter 1 Honor Roll Celebration (Only Staff and Students Attend)
  • Wed., 11/27 - Fri., 11/29 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Wed., 12/4 - 9-10 am - Parent Coffee  - Theme: Student Mental Wellness and Resiliency
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 9/29/19

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Principal's Note

Good morning & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through the first quarter of the school year!  Thank you to our team of parents and staff who volunteered this past Tuesday for our Welcoming Atmosphere Walkthrough (WAWT).  A WAWT is an opportunity for a team to give us feedback about our communication with the school community, the physical environment of the school grounds, and to help us ensure that our school is welcoming and safe.  In addition to the positive feedback we received, we also received some great suggestions for improvements.  I am excited about some of the changes we can make that will continue to build the partnership between Holmes and our families (like providing these weekly updates in Spanish as well...which will start on Sunday, October 6th!) 

This week, we have our next parent coffee on Wednesday, October 2nd, from 9-10 am.  Our theme this month is about Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student's Success.  If you can't make it on Wednesday, that's okay!  I'll be visiting the Lincolnia Community Resource Center this Thursday, October 3rd (rescheduled from last week), from 4:30-6:30 pm if you would like to talk more about how things are going for your student at Holmes!We will also have the same topic as our focus on October's PTA meeting on Thursday, October 24th, at 5:30 pm (right before the Fall Preview Concert).   I hope to see you at one of the events this month.

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Lunch Bunch
  • 2020 Yearbook for Sale
  • Library & Makerspace Updates
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

  • Taste of Annandale - October 5th
  • ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
  • Get Technology Products at a Discount with the Technology@Home Program
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events (Updated)
  • How to Stay in Touch

 

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 9/30 - 10/4

This week:

Mon., 9/30 =  White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 7, 4th, 6th)

Tues., 10/1 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Wed., 10/2 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 1, 4th, 6th)

Thurs., 10/3 =  Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Fri., 10/4 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 2, 4th, 6th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 9/30

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

LUNCH BUNCH

Almost 30 students joined me for Lunch Bunch on Friday!  Each month, I invite students to join me for lunch to talk about whatever is on their minds, and I always get lots of great feedback and ideas for the After School Program.  It is always a lot of fun!  Students can sign up HERE to express their interest, and the sign-up is also available on their grade-level Google Classroom. The next one is on Friday, October 11th. 

Library & Makerspace Updates

As we mentioned last week our MakerSpace team is hard at work planning for a MakerSpace in our Holmes Library. A MakerSpace gives students the opportunity to learn, grow and gain valuable skills. Educational research is finding that students engaged in these types of activities are acquiring skills that not only make them better students but more prepared for the world in and out of school.

We had our first successful MakerMonday afterschool on Monday, September 24th. Students followed diagrams, had to take measurements and created a variety of choice projects like this picture frame, all using simple washi tape. Future events include a duct tape project, block coding and making interactive greeting cards using circuits.

“Schools are turning to makerspaces to facilitate activities that inspire confidence in young learners, and help them acquire entrepreneurial skills that are immediately applicable in the real world” (NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition, p. 39).

If you’d like to help out with this initiative please reach out to Ms Haywood, we are seeking donations of time and/or resources. If you’d like to make a one click donation check out our new Amazon Wish List: 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1MTCL9PCFA2P1

All purchases are shipped directly to the school making it easier than ever to support us. Please contact Ms. Haywood if you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time cnhaywood@fcps.edu.

Access ebooks, Databases and Encyclopedias from Your Computer

Did you know you and your student can access ebooks, databases and encyclopedias from your computer? All of these resources can easily be found at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/library and the required passwords on the attached sheet. Please feel free to reach out to Ms Haywood if you have any questions. 

2020 Yearbook for Sale Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

 

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Taste of Annandale - October 5th

The Taste of Annandale is a community festival set for Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tom Davis Drive in the heart of Annandale, Va.

Our Diamond-level sponsors are the Vistas of Annandale, an amenity-filled, conveniently located community of garden apartments and townhomes, and Lambros Goldsmith, an Annandale institution offering fine jewelry.

Plans for the 5th annual event include a 5K race, live music and dance, restaurants, food trucks, expanded beer garden, children’s entertainment and games hosted by the ACCA Child Development Center, a chili cook-off, best-dressed pet contest, law enforcement display, and vendors.

The Taste of Annandale is all about bringing the community together and shining a spotlight on the businesses and organizations that make their home here.

https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety Get Technology Products at a Discount with the Technology@Home Program

The Technology@Home program offers FCPS students and staff an opportunity to purchase technology products from vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard at discounted rates. More information is available online.  

Important Dates
  • Mon., 9/30 - Tue., 10/1 - Finance Park Field Trips - (Civic Classes)
  • Wed., 10/2, 9-10 am - Parent Coffee - Theme: Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student
  • Thurs., 10/3, 4:30-6:30 pm - Principal visit to Lincolnia Community Resource Center
  • Sat., 10/5, 8 am - 4 pm - FCPS Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Fairfax HS
  • Mon., 10/6 & Tues., 10/7 - PICTURE DAY (through PE classes)
  • Mon., 10/14, - School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Thur., 10/24 - 5:30-6:30 pm - PTA Meeting (Prior to Fall Preview Concert) - Theme: Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student
  • Thurs., 10/24 - 7:00 pm - Fall Preview Concert
  • Fri., 11/1 - End of 1st Quarter
  • Mon., 11/4 -School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Tue., 11/5, 8-10 am - Mini-Conference Morning with Teachers
  • Fri., 11/22, SOAR Time - Quarter 1 Honor Roll Celebration (Only Staff and Students Attend)
  • Wed., 11/27 - Fri., 11/29 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Wed., 12/4 - 9-10 am - Parent Coffee  - Theme: Student Mental Wellness and Resiliency
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 9/22/19

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Principal's Note

Good morning & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Thank you for such a great turnout at both our parent coffee and our PTA meeting the past two weeks!  We had great conversations about ways to support students with organization and study skills.  Here are a few things we discussed:

  • Support your students by working with them to set up a night-time and morning routine that will allow them to accomplish the tasks needed to be ready for school the next day and to get plenty of sleep.  Take devices away to remove distractions at bedtime.  
  • Familiarize yourself with the blue-white calendar and the bell schedule (also in the student agenda) to help students organize their time and materials.  
  • If possible, agree on a quiet space with limited distractions where homework should be completed.  
  • While some teachers have specific requirements about how materials should be organized for their classes, students do have some flexibility about how to organize themselves.  Here are some options we've seen students be successful with:
    • one big binder for all classes
    • a blue-day binder and a white-day binder
    • a binder for each class
    • color-coded binders/folders 
    • writing homework in agenda
  • Use SOAR time to stay organized and to catch up on work when the time is available 
  • If your student says they have no homework or they completed it in school, they should read for 30 minutes to an hour.  Encourage students to read books and articles that they enjoy, and also encourage them to read about new topics.  Provide access to a variety of books through the Fairfax County Public Library or access one of the many resources through Fairfax County Public Schools (see below).  

Here is one helpful website the FCPS has for parents to support students.  

I'll be visiting the Lincolnia Community Resource Center this Thursday, September 26th, from 4:30-6:30 pm if you would like to talk more about how things are going for your student at Holmes!

 

Access ebooks, Databases and Encyclopedias from Your Computer

Did you know you and your student can access ebooks, databases and encyclopedias from your computer? All of these resources can easily be found at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/library and the required passwords on the attached sheet. Please feel free to reach out to Ms Haywood if you have any questions. 

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Lunch Bunch
  • Vaping: What Students (and Parents) Should Know
  • ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
  • 2020 Yearbook for Sale
  • Transportation Information
  • Library Updates
  • PTA Updates
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • 8th Grade Finance Park Field Trips - 9/27, 9/30, 10/1
  • 8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip by using VolunteerHub Parent Access
  • Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

  • Fairfax County Government Holding Community Meetings September 16-25 to Discuss Countywide Strategic Plan

  • George Mason Regional Library Book Sale
  • Taste of Annandale - October 5th
  • Get Technology Products at a Discount with the Technology@Home Program
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

 

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 9/23 - 9/27

This week:

Mon., 9/23 =  Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) 

Tues., 9/24 = White Day (2nd, ER 5, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 9/25 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 9/26 =  White Day (2nd, ER 6, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 9/27 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 9/23

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Monday, 9/23 - Late Buses, Clubs, & Teacher Help After School Begin.  Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

LUNCH BUNCH

Lunch Bunch with Mrs. Barnes is back!  Each month, I invite students to join me for lunch to talk about whatever is on their minds.  It is always a lot of fun!  Students can sign up HERE to express their interest. The first one is this Friday, September 27th. 

Vaping: What Students (and Parents) Should Know

Many students believe that vaping or Juuling is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, but that's not true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that e-cigarettes are not safe for children, teenagers, or young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact brain development. Some e-cigarettes contain other harmful chemicals.

What Happens If a Student Is Caught Vaping?

FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) was updated in September 2018 to include vaping as a prohibited activity. Students found in possession of or using vape products on school grounds will participate in an FCPS intervention program and may receive disciplinary consequences, as noted in the SR&R. Students may face additional sanctions if they participate in a sport or activity where the Virginia High School League (VHSL) participation agreement is in place.

More information about vaping is available online

ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety 2020 Yearbook for Sale Transportation Information

Buses

By now, you should have received an email from Transportation with your child's regular and late bus assignment for the school year.  If not, please let us know.  

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Over this past school year, the Office of Transportation Services has been working to integrate multiple electronic systems, such as student information data, routing data, and GPS data from school buses into the Here Comes the Bus application. Here Comes the Bus application was piloted during summer school in anticipation of the roll out for the 2019-20 school year. Get more information about Here Comes the Bus

Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

E-Notify email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 

Library Updates

Holmes MS Library's New Afterschool Club - Maker Monday's

Beginning Monday, September 21st the Holmes MS Library is excited to begin our new afterschool club - Maker Mondays. This is a kickoff to our new Makerspace we are in the process of designing. Wondering what is a Makerspace is? It can be defined in a variety of ways, at Holmes we really like author Laura Fleming's definition: “A Makerspace is a metaphor for a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all”  ~Laura Fleming, author of Worlds of Making

 

We'll be having different themes and building on our students' knowledge & growth. At our first meeting we'll be using washi tape to create free choice projects. Be on the lookout for new and exciting projects happening during Maker Mondays like Origami, Creating Circuits and even Legos! 

 

Want to get involved? We are seeking parents who would like to volunteer time and skill sets. Know how to crochet or knit and want to share that skill with students, reach out to Ms Haywood via email cnhaywood@fcps.edu. We are looking for all skills, both low tech and high tech! 

PTA Updates

Join PTA to support Holmes staff and students this year! 

 

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, September 23rd - PTA fundraiser at Chipotle - 6242 Little River Turnpike, Suite A, Alexandria. 

Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

8th Grade Finance Park Field Trips - 9/27, 9/30, 10/1

JA Finance Park is an innovation in experiential education designed to prepare our region’s youth for life and work in the real world. Before their culminating experience at JA's one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility, middle school students will first complete four weeks of in-classroom curriculum taught by their teacher. At the end of their classroom curriculum, students travel to JA Finance Park where they practice newly learned microeconomic concepts and experience first-hand the complexities of personal financial management as an earning, bill-paying adult for the day.

Students take on a life scenario – an avatar with a career, salary, credit score, debt, and family obligations – and make their way through various phases of the day. Volunteers help students with their decisions and share their own life experiences to give the choices context and make the experience more authentic for these young people.

In Fall 2010, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington opened the doors to the first JA Finance Park in Greater Washington on the grounds of Robert Frost Middle School in Fairfax, VA. JA Finance Park Fairfax County brings in-depth, experiential financial literacy education to 14,000 8th grade students annually through more than 2,300 volunteers from the community.

Learn more about JA Finance Park>>

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access

 

VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

 

Logging In for the First Time:

 

  1. Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  3. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  4. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  5. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

 

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school.
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

 

Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

 

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Fairfax County Government Holding Community Meetings September 16-25 to Discuss Countywide Strategic Plan

What does your neighborhood look like in the future? Parks, libraries and other cultural opportunities? Our local environment? Transportation, including roads, bikes, and mass transit?

Join Fairfax County Government for another round of community meetings September 16-25 where you’ll learn more about progress on the first-ever countywide strategic plan. In the months since public feedback yielded nine areas of focus, teams have been working to further define and shape the future of our community in these areas:

  • Cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • Economic opportunity.
  • Education and lifelong learning.
  • Effective and efficient government.
  • Health and environment.
  • Housing and neighborhood livability.
  • Mobility and transportation.
  • Safety and security.
  • Self-sufficiency for people with vulnerabilities.

Come hear about each area, then share your thoughts, insights, opinions and experiences that will be used to help further shape a countywide strategic plan. Register for a community meeting.

George Mason Regional Library Book Sale Taste of Annandale - October 5th

The Taste of Annandale is a community festival set for Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tom Davis Drive in the heart of Annandale, Va.

Our Diamond-level sponsors are the Vistas of Annandale, an amenity-filled, conveniently located community of garden apartments and townhomes, and Lambros Goldsmith, an Annandale institution offering fine jewelry.

Plans for the 5th annual event include a 5K race, live music and dance, restaurants, food trucks, expanded beer garden, children’s entertainment and games hosted by the ACCA Child Development Center, a chili cook-off, best-dressed pet contest, law enforcement display, and vendors.

The Taste of Annandale is all about bringing the community together and shining a spotlight on the businesses and organizations that make their home here.

https://tasteofannandale.com/

 

Get Technology Products at a Discount with the Technology@Home Program

The Technology@Home program offers FCPS students and staff an opportunity to purchase technology products from vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard at discounted rates. More information is available online.  

Important Dates
  • Mon., 9/23 - First Day of Late Buses (Clubs & Teacher Help begin)
  • Mon., 9/23, 5-9 PM - Holmes MS PTA Chipotle Fundraiser, 6242 Little River Turnpike, Suite A, Alexandria
  • Tues., 9/24 - Welcoming Atmosphere Walkthrough 
  • Thurs., 9/26, 4:30-6:30 pm - Principal visit to Lincolnia Community Resource Center!
  • Fri., 9/27 - Tue., 10/1 - Finance Park Field Trips - (Civic Classes)
  • Wed., 10/2, 9-10 am - Parent Coffee - Theme: Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student
  • Sat., 10/5, 8 am - 4 pm - FCPS Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Fairfax HS
  • Mon., 10/6 & Tues., 10/7 - PICTURE DAY (through PE classes)
  • Mon., 10/14, - School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Thur., 10/24 - 5:30-6:30 pm - PTA Meeting (Prior to Fall Preview Concert) - Theme: Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student
  • Thurs., 10/24 - 7:00 pm - Fall Preview Concert
  • Fri., 11/1 - End of 1st Quarter
  • Mon., 11/4 -School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Tue., 11/5, 8-10 am - Mini-Conference Morning with Teachers
  • Fri., 11/22, SOAR Time - Quarter 1 Honor Roll Celebration (Only Staff and Students Attend)
  • Wed., 11/27 - Fri., 11/29 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Wed., 12/4 - 9-10 am - Parent Coffee  - Theme: Student Mental Wellness and Resiliency
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 9/15/19

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Principal's Note

Good evening & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

We hope that you can join us on Wednesday, 9/18 for our rescheduled PTA meeting from 6:30-7:30 pm to learn more about how to support your students with organization and study skills.  

 

This week begins our After School Program (ASP) at Holmes!  Students who would like to stay for Homework Rooms may stay after any day this week as long as they have parent pickup arranged.  Students planning to go to the homework rooms will leave their last class at dismissal and then report to the cafeteria by 2:25.  A snack will be provided, and then students will go with an ASP staff member to the homework rooms.  We ask that parents pick up students by 5:15 pm at the latest.  (Please note that Uber/Lyft rides are not permitted.)

 

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) - Signature Sheet Required

All students received a copy of the Fairfax County Public Schools Student Rights & Responsibilities booklet on Friday, 9/6, during their SOAR Time period.  Please complete the signature sheet at the front of the booklet and have your student return it to their SOAR Time teacher this week.  

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Vaping: What Students (and Parents) Should Know
  • 2020 Yearbook for Sale
  • Transportation Information
  • PTA Updates
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • 8th Grade Finance Park Field Trips - 9/27, 9/30, 10/1
  • 8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip by using VolunteerHub Parent Access
  • Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

  • Fairfax County Government Holding Community Meetings September 16-25 to Discuss Countywide Strategic Plan

  • Get Technology Products at a Discount with the Technology@Home Program
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

 

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 9/16 - 9/20

This week:

Mon., 9/16 =  White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 2, 4th, 6th)

Tues., 9/17 =Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) 

Wed., 9/18 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 3, 4th, 6th)

Thurs., 9/19 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) 

Fri., 9/20 - (2nd, SOAR, ER 4, 4th, 6th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Monday, 9/16 - Hawk Club & Homework Rooms begin.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians this week.   (NOTE: Any student can stay for Hawk Club & Homework Room at any time during the school year.  "Hawk Club" is the combination of time in Homework Rooms and a recreational period each day after school).
  • Monday, 9/23 - Late Buses, Clubs, & Teacher Help After School Begin.  Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  

If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Ms. Denise Taylor at edtaylor@fcps.edu.  

Vaping: What Students (and Parents) Should Know

Many students believe that vaping or Juuling is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, but that's not true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that e-cigarettes are not safe for children, teenagers, or young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact brain development. Some e-cigarettes contain other harmful chemicals.

What Happens If a Student Is Caught Vaping?

FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) was updated in September 2018 to include vaping as a prohibited activity. Students found in possession of or using vape products on school grounds will participate in an FCPS intervention program and may receive disciplinary consequences, as noted in the SR&R. Students may face additional sanctions if they participate in a sport or activity where the Virginia High School League (VHSL) participation agreement is in place.

More information about vaping is available online

2020 Yearbook for Sale Transportation Information

Buses

By now, you should have received an email from Transportation with your child's regular and late bus assignment for the school year.  If not, please let us know.  

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Over this past school year, the Office of Transportation Services has been working to integrate multiple electronic systems, such as student information data, routing data, and GPS data from school buses into the Here Comes the Bus application. Here Comes the Bus application was piloted during summer school in anticipation of the roll out for the 2019-20 school year. Get more information about Here Comes the Bus

Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

E-Notify email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 

PTA Updates

Join PTA to support Holmes staff and students this year! 

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear can be ordered online until September 18th.

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday September 18th - RESCHEDULED PTA meeting at 6:30 in the Lecture Hall.  We will be discussing organizational skills for your middle school student.

Monday, September 23rd - PTA fundraiser at Chipotle - 6242 Little River Turnpike, Suite A, Alexandria. 

Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

8th Grade Finance Park Field Trips - 9/27, 9/30, 10/1

JA Finance Park is an innovation in experiential education designed to prepare our region’s youth for life and work in the real world. Before their culminating experience at JA's one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility, middle school students will first complete four weeks of in-classroom curriculum taught by their teacher. At the end of their classroom curriculum, students travel to JA Finance Park where they practice newly learned microeconomic concepts and experience first-hand the complexities of personal financial management as an earning, bill-paying adult for the day.

Students take on a life scenario – an avatar with a career, salary, credit score, debt, and family obligations – and make their way through various phases of the day. Volunteers help students with their decisions and share their own life experiences to give the choices context and make the experience more authentic for these young people.

In Fall 2010, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington opened the doors to the first JA Finance Park in Greater Washington on the grounds of Robert Frost Middle School in Fairfax, VA. JA Finance Park Fairfax County brings in-depth, experiential financial literacy education to 14,000 8th grade students annually through more than 2,300 volunteers from the community.

Learn more about JA Finance Park>>

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access

 

VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

 

Logging In for the First Time:

 

  1. Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  3. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  4. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  5. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

 

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school.
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

 

Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

 

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Fairfax County Government Holding Community Meetings September 16-25 to Discuss Countywide Strategic Plan

What does your neighborhood look like in the future? Parks, libraries and other cultural opportunities? Our local environment? Transportation, including roads, bikes, and mass transit?

Join Fairfax County Government for another round of community meetings September 16-25 where you’ll learn more about progress on the first-ever countywide strategic plan. In the months since public feedback yielded nine areas of focus, teams have been working to further define and shape the future of our community in these areas:

  • Cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • Economic opportunity.
  • Education and lifelong learning.
  • Effective and efficient government.
  • Health and environment.
  • Housing and neighborhood livability.
  • Mobility and transportation.
  • Safety and security.
  • Self-sufficiency for people with vulnerabilities.

Come hear about each area, then share your thoughts, insights, opinions and experiences that will be used to help further shape a countywide strategic plan. Register for a community meeting.

Get Technology Products at a Discount with the Technology@Home Program

The Technology@Home program offers FCPS students and staff an opportunity to purchase technology products from vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard at discounted rates. More information is available online.  

Important Dates
  • Mon., 9/16 - First Day of After-School Program (Homework Rooms & Hawk Club only)
  • Wed., 9/18, 6:30-7:30 pm - PTA Meeting (Rescheduled) - Theme: Supporting Your Students with Organization & Study Skills
  • Mon., 9/23 - First Day of Late Buses (Clubs & Teacher Help begin)
  • Mon., 9/23, 5-9 PM - Holmes MS PTA Chipotle Fundraiser, 6242 Little River Turnpike, Suite A, Alexandria
  • Fri., 9/27 - Tue., 10/1 - Finance Park Field Trips - (Civic Classes)
  • Wed., 10/2, 9-10 am - Parent Coffee - Theme: Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student
  • Sat., 10/5, 8 am - 4 pm - FCPS Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Fairfax HS
  • Mon., 10/6 & Tues., 10/7 - PICTURE DAY (through PE classes)
  • Mon., 10/14, - School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Thur., 10/24 - 5:30-6:60 pm - PTA Meeting (Prior to Fall Preview Concert) - Theme: Using Tech Tools to Support Your Student
  • Fri., 11/1 - End of 1st Quarter
  • Mon., 11/4 -School Planning Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Tue., 11/5, 8-10 am - Mini-Conference Morning with Teachers
  • Fri., 11/22, SOAR Time - Quarter 1 Honor Roll Celebration (Only Staff and Students Attend)
  • Wed., 11/27 - Fri., 11/29 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Wed., 12/4 - 9-10 am - Parent Coffee  - Theme: Student Mental Wellness and Resiliency
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 9/8/19

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Principal's Note

Good afternoon & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Thank you so much for those that were able to take the parent survey!  We have made some adjustments to our Family Engagement calendar based on your input (see image below).  September's focus will still be on "Supporting your Students with Organization and Study Skills".  We hope that you can join us on Wednesday, 9/11 for either our parent coffee from 9-10 am or the PTA meeting from 6:30-7:30 pm to learn more about how to support your students with these skills.  We've alo changed October's topic to "Using Tech Tools to Support your Student" in response to your feedback.  We will also be looking at some "After School Specials" for parents since the 2-5 pm time frame is the second most popular time after evening events.  

 

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) - Signature Sheet Required

All students received a copy of the Fairfax County Public Schools Student Rights & Responsibilities booklet on Friday, 9/6, during their SOAR Time period.  Please complete the signature sheet at the front of the booklet and have your student return it to their SOAR Time teacher this week.  

 

Safety Drills

So far at Holmes Middle School, we have completed two fire drills and a lockdown drill.  The state of Virginia requires us to complete one fire drill a week for the first 4 weeks of school and two lockdown drills in the same time period.  Students and staff did an excellent job responding to the drills in a timely and safe manner!  Throughout the year, we will have one fire drill a month, two additional lockdown drills (one in January and one in the second half of the year) in addition to bus evacuation drills, a tornado drill, and an earthquake drill.  

 

ER Rotations begin on Thursday, 9/12!

Tuesday, 9/10 will be the last extended (90-minute) SOAR Time period for students.  Students will work together on a follow-up lesson about the SR&R and will be issued lockers.    

After Tuesday, students will visit their SOAR Time classes every White day for 43 minutes throughout the year.  Students will begin their regular ER (Enrichment & Remediation) rotations on Thursday, 9/12.  Every White Day, students will return back to one class period for 24 minutes for Sustained Silent Reading, reteaching, and intervention in that content area.  The blue/white schedule in their agendas also shows the ER rotation for the year (see image below).  

 

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • Safety Drills
  • New at Holmes: SOAR Time! 
  • 2020 Yearbook for Sale
  • Transportation Information
  • Every Day Counts! Absences Add Up
  • PTA Updates
  • 2019-2020 Update from MySchoolBucks
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • After-School Program
  • Capital One Coders Program
  • Library Volunteers Needed
  • Students Invited to Audition for Winter Musical
  • 8th Grade Finance Park Field Trips - 9/27, 9/30, 10/1
  • 8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip by using VolunteerHub Parent Access
  • Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

  • Important Dates
  • How to Stay in Touch

 

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 9/9 - 9/13

This week:

Mon., 9/9 =  Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) 

Tues., 9/10 = White Day (2nd, SOAR Time, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 9/11 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) 

Thurs., 9/12 = White Day (2nd, SOAR Time, ER-1, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 9/13 - Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) 

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

New at Holmes: SOAR Time!

New at Holmes: SOAR Time

Have you heard your child talking about SOAR Time yet? If not, please ask!  We’ve revamped and expanded our ER8 period to create SOAR Time.  SOAR Time is an advisory class, similar to a homeroom, and is purposefully small (15 students or less per class).  SOAR stands for Schoolwide lessons, Organization, Academics and Reading and Reflection (as pictured in the visual here).  These four topics will be some of the major focus areas addressed through SOAR. 

We have two main goals for SOAR Time: 1) develop students’ academic and social habits, and 2) build positive relationships.  During SOAR Time, students will participate in mini lessons on topics such as organization, goal setting, study skills, stress management, and more.  Following the mini lesson, students will have an opportunity to practice using these skills during Choice Menu time when they will self-select an activity.  Choice Menu activity options include organizing your materials, updating your agenda, reviewing your grades and assignments in SIS, participating in silent sustained reading, completing assignments and/or studying for test and quizzes.  We’re excited to offer students this self-directed time to practice sound study habits and work towards being even more successful. 

As one means to support our goal of building positive relationships, SOAR Time teachers will serve as mentors.  They will be engaging students in one-on-one conferences to review organization, discuss academics and help problem solve any other issues that students may want to address. 

We are hopeful that SOAR will help students to develop skills essential for academic success and will provide them a welcoming community where they feel they belong.  SOAR Time occurs for 43 minutes every white day.  Check in with your child about SOAR Time today!

2020 Yearbook for Sale Every Day Counts! Absences Add Up

FCPS is looking forward to a great school year! Regular attendance is essential for students to form positive peer and adult relationships and to learn. In fact, when students miss significant amounts of instructional time, they tend to lose momentum academically.

We do monitor each child’s attendance daily and will contact a parent if a child does not arrive at school or class as expected. Of course, there are times that students may have health or other concerns that may prevent them from being present. Please contact your child’s school by using its attendance telephone line, email, or online form if your child will be absent. This information can be found on each school’s web page

More information about FCPS’ attendance expectations is available online.

Transportation Information

Buses

By now, you should have received an email from Transportation with your child's regular and late bus assignment for the school year.  If not, please let us know.  

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Over this past school year, the Office of Transportation Services has been working to integrate multiple electronic systems, such as student information data, routing data, and GPS data from school buses into the Here Comes the Bus application. Here Comes the Bus application was piloted during summer school in anticipation of the roll out for the 2019-20 school year. Get more information about Here Comes the Bus

Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

E-Notify email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 

PTA Updates

Join PTA to support Holmes staff and students this year! 

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear can be ordered online until September 18th.

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday September 11th - PTA meeting at 6:30 in the library.  We will be discussing organizational skills for your middle school student.

Monday, September 23rd - PTA fundraiser at Chipotle - 6242 Little River Turnpike, Suite A, Alexandria. 

2019-20 Update from MySchoolBucks

Fairfax County Public Schools has a contract with Global Payment Solutions to provide online payment services as a convenience to our parents and guardians for school lunch, student fees and other school store items through their online website and mobile apps commonly referred to as MySchoolBucks. As with a lot of mobile applications or online portals, users are required to accept “Terms and Conditions” when they register to use the application.

Typically, as updates are made to the portals and applications, users are required to read and accept the updated terms and conditions. Recently, MySchoolBucks updated their application and added the following Terms and Conditions as of July 31, 2019.

  • Requiring the user to agree to mandatory arbitration.
  • Waive any right to be part of a class action suit.

The provisions are ordinary and customary and are commonly used by e-commerce vendors. The MySchoolBucks Terms and Conditions specifically state that this is not the only way to make payments to a school. 

The options are to 1) agree to the terms; or 2) provide payments using cash or a check. Additional payment information is available online.

Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

After-School Program

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Monday, 9/16 - Hawk Club & Homework Rooms begin.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians this week.   (NOTE: Any student can stay for Hawk Club & Homework Room at any time during the school year.  "Hawk Club" is the combination of time in Homework Rooms and a recreational period each day after school).
  • Monday, 9/23 - Late Buses, Clubs, & Teacher Help After School Begin.  Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  

If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Ms. Denise Taylor at edtaylor@fcps.edu.  

Application Deadline for Capital One Coders Program- Friday, September 6th

Capital One Coders Program is a special 10-week coding curriculum for middle school students. The Capital One Coders Middle School Initiative supports students as they learn how to develop apps for mobile devices using App Inventor blocks-based programming language. Led by Capital One volunteers, hundreds of young students gain exposure to software engineering principles and practices.

20 Holmes students will have the opportunity to get hands on experience learning software development, problem solving, and even develop their own app.  If you are interested and committed to meet every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 PM for the entire 10-week program (from September 25th through December 4th), Please sign into your fcpsschools.net email accounts and fill out the application linked below.  The deadline for all submissions is 3 PM on Friday, September 6th.

Capital Coders Application Fall 2019

Library Volunteers Needed

The Holmes Library is actively seeking parent volunteers to help with various tasks.  If you are interested in being a parent volunteer, please contact our librarian, Ms. Corina Haywood .  Any amount of time you are available is appreciated.

Students Invited to Audition for Winter Musical

All Holmes students are invited to audition for this year’s winter musical: Annie, Jr! Students do not need to be in Theatre or Chorus to audition, all are welcome! Auditions will be held on Monday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 11th. This is before late buses begin, but a bus will be provided on Wednesday 9/11 for students who need it. “Callbacks” will be held on Thursday, September 12th. Don’t want to audition? Sign up for Stage Crew! Students should pick up an information packet in I-hall, and can see Ms. Eddinger, Mrs. Murphy or Ms. Faraldi with questions.

Performances will be:

  • Thursday, 12/5 @ 7 pm
  • Friday, 12/6 @ 7pm
  • Saturday, 12/7 @ 2pm
8th Grade Finance Park Field Trips - 9/27, 9/30, 10/1

JA Finance Park is an innovation in experiential education designed to prepare our region’s youth for life and work in the real world. Before their culminating experience at JA's one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility, middle school students will first complete four weeks of in-classroom curriculum taught by their teacher. At the end of their classroom curriculum, students travel to JA Finance Park where they practice newly learned microeconomic concepts and experience first-hand the complexities of personal financial management as an earning, bill-paying adult for the day.

Students take on a life scenario – an avatar with a career, salary, credit score, debt, and family obligations – and make their way through various phases of the day. Volunteers help students with their decisions and share their own life experiences to give the choices context and make the experience more authentic for these young people.

In Fall 2010, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington opened the doors to the first JA Finance Park in Greater Washington on the grounds of Robert Frost Middle School in Fairfax, VA. JA Finance Park Fairfax County brings in-depth, experiential financial literacy education to 14,000 8th grade students annually through more than 2,300 volunteers from the community.

Learn more about JA Finance Park>>

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access

 

VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

 

Logging In for the First Time:

 

  1. Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  3. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  4. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  5. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

 

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school.
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

 

Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

 

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Important Dates
  • Mon., 9/2 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 
  • Fri., 9/6 - Application Deadline for Capital One Coders Program
  • Mon., 9/9 & Wed 9/11 - Auditions for Annie, Jr!
  • Wed., 9/11, 9-10 am - Parent Coffee - Topic: Supporting Your Students with Organization & Study Skills
  • Wed., 9/11, 6:30-7:30 pm - PTA Meeting - Theme: Supporting Your Students with Organization & Study Skills
  • Mon., 9/16 - First Day of After-School Program (Homework Rooms & Hawk Club only)
  • Mon., 9/23 - First Day of Late Buses (Clubs & Teacher Help begin)
  • Mon., 9/23, 5-9 PM - Holmes MS PTA Chipotle Fundraiser, 6242 Little River Turnpike, Suite A, Alexandria
  • Fri., 9/27 - Tue., 10/1 - Finance Park Field Trips - (Civic Classes)
  • Sat., 10/5, 8 am - 4 pm - FCPS Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Fairfax HS
How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 9/1/19

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Principal's Note

Good morning & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

I hope that you are enjoying the long holiday weekend!  Thank you for a great turnout at our Back to School Night & Open House last Wednesday!  If you missed the New Parent Orientation, feel free to click the link below:

New Parent Orientation

 

Parent Survey / Encuesta de Padres

Parents/Guardians: Please help us to continue our planning for the school year by completing the survey below about parent events, which will be open for responses until Monday, September 1st.  

2019-20 Holmes MS Parent Survey / Encuesta de padres 

 

Questions about your child's schedule?

Please feel free to reach out to their counselor listed below.  

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • First Week's Schedule
  • Transportation Information
  • Every Day Counts! Absences Add Up
  • PTA Updates
  • 2019-2020 Update from MySchoolBucks
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • After-School Program
  • Capital One Coders Program
  • Library Volunteers Needed
  • Students Invited to Audition for Winter Musical
  • 8th Grade Finance Park Field Trips - 9/27, 9/30, 10/1
  • 8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip by using VolunteerHub Parent Access
  • Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Save the Dates
  • How to Stay in Touch

 

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

First Week's Schedule of Classes: 9/2-9/6

Schedule for first week of school:

Mon., 9/2 = NO SCHOOL / STUDENT HOLIDAY

Tues., 9/3 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) 

Wed., 9/4 = White Day (2nd, SOAR Time, 4th, 6th) 

Thurs., 9/5 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) 

Fri., 9/6 - White Day (2nd, SOAR Time, 4th, 6th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

Every Day Counts! Absences Add Up

FCPS is looking forward to a great school year! Regular attendance is essential for students to form positive peer and adult relationships and to learn. In fact, when students miss significant amounts of instructional time, they tend to lose momentum academically.

We do monitor each child’s attendance daily and will contact a parent if a child does not arrive at school or class as expected. Of course, there are times that students may have health or other concerns that may prevent them from being present. Please contact your child’s school by using its attendance telephone line, email, or online form if your child will be absent. This information can be found on each school’s web page

More information about FCPS’ attendance expectations is available online.

Transportation Information

Buses

By now, you should have received an email from Transportation with your child's regular and late bus assignment for the school year.  If not, please let us know.  

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Over this past school year, the Office of Transportation Services has been working to integrate multiple electronic systems, such as student information data, routing data, and GPS data from school buses into the Here Comes the Bus application. Here Comes the Bus application was piloted during summer school in anticipation of the roll out for the 2019-20 school year. Get more information about Here Comes the Bus

Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

E-Notify email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 

PTA Updates

Join PTA to support Holmes staff and students this year! 

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear can be ordered online until September 18th.

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday September 11th - PTA meeting at 6:30 in the library.  We will be discussing organizational skills for your middle school student.

Monday, September 23rd - PTA fundraiser at Chipotle - 6242 Little River Turnpike, Suite A, Alexandria. 

2019-20 Update from MySchoolBucks

Fairfax County Public Schools has a contract with Global Payment Solutions to provide online payment services as a convenience to our parents and guardians for school lunch, student fees and other school store items through their online website and mobile apps commonly referred to as MySchoolBucks. As with a lot of mobile applications or online portals, users are required to accept “Terms and Conditions” when they register to use the application.

Typically, as updates are made to the portals and applications, users are required to read and accept the updated terms and conditions. Recently, MySchoolBucks updated their application and added the following Terms and Conditions as of July 31, 2019.

  • Requiring the user to agree to mandatory arbitration.
  • Waive any right to be part of a class action suit.

The provisions are ordinary and customary and are commonly used by e-commerce vendors. The MySchoolBucks Terms and Conditions specifically state that this is not the only way to make payments to a school. 

The options are to 1) agree to the terms; or 2) provide payments using cash or a check. Additional payment information is available online.

Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

After-School Program

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Monday, 9/16 - Hawk Club & Homework Rooms begin.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians this week.   (NOTE: Any student can stay for Hawk Club & Homework Room at any time during the school year.  "Hawk Club" is the combination of time in Homework Rooms and a recreational period each day after school).
  • Monday, 9/23 - Late Buses, Clubs, & Teacher Help After School Begin.  Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  

If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Ms. Denise Taylor at edtaylor@fcps.edu.  

Application Deadline for Capital One Coders Program- Friday, September 6th

Capital One Coders Program is a special 10-week coding curriculum for middle school students. The Capital One Coders Middle School Initiative supports students as they learn how to develop apps for mobile devices using App Inventor blocks-based programming language. Led by Capital One volunteers, hundreds of young students gain exposure to software engineering principles and practices.

20 Holmes students will have the opportunity to get hands on experience learning software development, problem solving, and even develop their own app.  If you are interested and committed to meet every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 PM for the entire 10-week program (from September 25th through December 4th), Please sign into your fcpsschools.net email accounts and fill out the application linked below.  The deadline for all submissions is 3 PM on Friday, September 6th.

Capital Coders Application Fall 2019

Library Volunteers Needed

The Holmes Library is actively seeking parent volunteers to help with various tasks.  If you are interested in being a parent volunteer, please contact our librarian, Ms. Corina Haywood .  Any amount of time you are available is appreciated.

Students Invited to Audition for Winter Musical

All Holmes students are invited to audition for this year’s winter musical: Annie, Jr! Students do not need to be in Theatre or Chorus to audition, all are welcome! Auditions will be held on Monday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 11th. This is before late buses begin, but a bus will be provided on Wednesday 9/11 for students who need it. “Callbacks” will be held on Thursday, September 12th. Don’t want to audition? Sign up for Stage Crew! Students should pick up an information packet in I-hall, and can see Ms. Eddinger, Mrs. Murphy or Ms. Faraldi with questions.

Performances will be:

  • Thursday, 12/5 @ 7 pm
  • Friday, 12/6 @ 7pm
  • Saturday, 12/7 @ 2pm
8th Grade Finance Park Field Trips - 9/27, 9/30, 10/1

JA Finance Park is an innovation in experiential education designed to prepare our region’s youth for life and work in the real world. Before their culminating experience at JA's one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility, middle school students will first complete four weeks of in-classroom curriculum taught by their teacher. At the end of their classroom curriculum, students travel to JA Finance Park where they practice newly learned microeconomic concepts and experience first-hand the complexities of personal financial management as an earning, bill-paying adult for the day.

Students take on a life scenario – an avatar with a career, salary, credit score, debt, and family obligations – and make their way through various phases of the day. Volunteers help students with their decisions and share their own life experiences to give the choices context and make the experience more authentic for these young people.

In Fall 2010, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington opened the doors to the first JA Finance Park in Greater Washington on the grounds of Robert Frost Middle School in Fairfax, VA. JA Finance Park Fairfax County brings in-depth, experiential financial literacy education to 14,000 8th grade students annually through more than 2,300 volunteers from the community.

Learn more about JA Finance Park>>

8th Grade Parents: Volunteer to Chaperone for the Finance Park Field Trip through VolunteerHub Parent Access

 

VolunteerHub Parent Access & Instructions

 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your student’s field trip to JA Finance Park® Fairfax County!

Sign up to volunteer for this unique experience at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax

 

Logging In for the First Time:

 

  1. Navigate to myja.org/parents/fairfax and click the green “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click on “Create New Account.”
  3. Choose a username and password that you will be able to remember, and click “Next.”
  4. Fill out your profile, completing all boxes that are indicated as required by the asterisks.
  5. On the confirmation page, click “Next” to view available slots for upcoming dates.

 

Finding and Registering For Your School:

    1. In the top right corner, click the magnifying glass to open the search bar.
    2. Enter the name of your student’s school.
    3. Identify which date your student will be visiting JA Finance Park.
    4. Unsure? Contact your child’s Civics teacher.
    5. Click “More” to see additional details on the volunteer experience. Or if you’re ready, click “Sign Up.”
  • Read Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Standards Form & Social Media Policy and agree to it using the check box at the bottom of the screen.
  • Registration complete! Check your email for a confirmation message containing the event’s details.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to JA Finance Park!

 

Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

 

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Important Dates
  • Mon., 9/2 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 
  • Fri., 9/6 - Application Deadline for Capital One Coders Program
  • Mon., 9/9 & Wed 9/11 - Auditions for Annie, Jr!
  • Wed., 9/11, 6:30 pm - PTA Meeting - Theme: Getting Organized
  • Mon., 9/16 - First Day of After-School Program (Homework Rooms & Hawk Club only)
  • Mon., 9/23 - First Day of Late Buses (Clubs & Teacher Help begin)
  • Mon., 9/23, 5-9 PM - Holmes MS PTA Chipotle Fundraiser, 6242 Little River Turnpike, Suite A, Alexandria
  • Fri., 9/27 - Tue., 10/1 - Finance Park Field Trips - (Civic Classes)
  • Sat., 10/5, 8 am - 4 pm - FCPS Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Fairfax HS
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Holmes MS - Open House & Back to School Night: Wednesday, August 28th!

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Open House & Back to School Night: Wednesday, August 28th!

Good morning, parents!  We hope to see you all tomorrow evening at our annual Open House & Back to School Night event.  Please see the flyer below for details.  In addition to meeting each of your student's teachers beginning at 6:30, there will be a couple of information sessions prior to the classroom visits that may be of interest to you, you will be able to get signed up for the PTA, and you can take our Parent Survey!  

Please bring a copy of your student's schedule with you tomorrow night.  If you happen to forget, that's okay!  We'll be able to print your student's schedule onsite.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

 

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

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Holmes MS Weekly Update - 8/25/19

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Principal's Note

Good morning & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Let the fun begin!  The first day of school is tomorrow, and we are so excited to welcome students back for the 2019-20 school year!  

Please take a moment to view this welcome message to the 2019-2020 school year from Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand:

English:

https://youtu.be/cdTHU4Cu0I4

Spanish: 

https://youtu.be/0wfkJITqNV8

 

1st Day & 1st Week Info 

Getting to and from School

  • Bus Riders: The FCPS Department of Transportation emailed specific bus information (bus number, stops, pickup and dropoff times) to each family last week. All buses enter Holmes through the entrance closest to the Lincolnia Park Recreation Center (LPRC) pool. Students remain on the buses until 7:10 am, when they enter through doors 3 and 4. In the afternoon, buses leave the school by 2:25 pm.
  • Walkers: Only students who are designated as walkers in our system are permitted to walk to and from school throughout the year. Walkers should enter the building through door 1 each morning. Students remain outside until 7:10 am (unless it is raining or below freezing), when the building is opened to students.
  • Kiss-n-Ride: Parents/Guardians who drive students to school should use the entrance closest to Braddock Road, make an immediate right into the parking lot, loop around the cars, and pull up to the curb. A member of our school staff will be there to greet you each morning and afternoon. Please do not use the other entrance for student drop-off, and please do not drop students off on Montrose Street. Please do not park and walk into the school building with your student. (NOTE: Students being picked up in the afternoon are picked up in the same location.)  Please do not drop off students an leave them unattended before 7:00 am.  

 

At 7:10 am:

  • The doors open to all students. Breakfast will be available tomorrow - Monday, 8/26! Thank you to our amazing cafeteria manger, Ms. Gu Zhu, for making that happen!
  • Students on buses enter the building through door 3, if they are going to the cafeteria for breakfast. All other bus riders should enter door 4, and will be directed to wait in the main hall by the gym until 7:20.
  • Students entering through door 1 (walkers & Kiss-n-Ride) may also walk directly to the cafeteria for breakfast. All other students entering through door 1 will be directed to wait in the library until 7:21.
  • 1st period classes will be posted throughout the main hall for students to check when they enter the building (in case we needed to make changes to schedules). All students will receive a copy of their most updated schedules in their 1st period classes.

At 7:23 am:

  • The bell rings, dismissing students from the main hall, the cafeteria, and the library. During the school year, students will have 7 minutes to go to their lockers and must be in class by 7:30 am. NOTE: No lockers will be issued this week. Lockers will be issued September 10th.

7:30-2:15 pm:

  • On Monday, 8/26, and Wednesday, 8/28, we will follow a Blue Day schedule: 1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th periods. Lunch will be during 5th period on Blue days; each teacher will let their 5th period classes know which lunch they have. Please help students to remember their lunch codes, and please remind them not to share the code with others. We'll have staff to help with this if any students forget their numbers.
  • On Tuesday, 8/27, and Thursday, 8/29, we will follow a White Day schedule: 2nd, SOAR Time, 4th, & 6th periods. Lunch will be during 4th period on White days; each teacher will let their 4th period classes know which lunch they have.
  • The Blue-White calendar and bell schedules for the year can be found on our school website HERE. Both can also be found in the student agenda, which will be provided to students during SOAR Time this week.

Buses at dismissal

Throughout the school year, students are encouraged to arrive at their assigned bus stop least 5 minutes before their bus’s scheduled arrival time. You may use your Parent Vue account or your student’s Blackboard account (https://fcps.blackboard.com/webapps/login/) to verify your student’s bus information

On the first day of school, students will receive instructions about how to find their bus in the bus loop in the afternoons. We have a white board outside of Door 5 where students can check the bus lineup order each day. There will be plenty of staff on hand to ensure that all students know which bus to take home and where their bus is located at dismissal during the first few days of school. Afternoon buses will be held a little longer this week in order for students to become familiar with catching their bus ride.

 

Questions about your child's schedule?

Please feel free to reach out to their counselor listed below.  

 

Parent Survey / Encuesta de Padres

Parents/Guardians: Please help us to continue our planning for the school year by completing the survey below about parent events, which will be open for responses until Friday, August 30th.  

2019-20 Holmes MS Parent Survey / Encuesta de padres 

 

 

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R)

The week of September 2nd, students will receive a copy of the 2019-20 Student Rights & Responsibilities.  The electronic copy of the document is available at the link, and students will be given hard copies of it to bring home when we receive it at school.  

Parents have the option of printing and signing the signature sheet to acknowledge receipt of the link, but are also welcome to wait until the hard copy of the booklet has been received. Copies of the signature sheet will also be available in the main office.  

Buses

By now, you should have received an email from Transportation with your child's regular and late bus assignment for the school year.  If not, please let us know.  

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Over this past school year, the Office of Transportation Services has been working to integrate multiple electronic systems, such as student information data, routing data, and GPS data from school buses into the Here Comes the Bus application. Here Comes the Bus application was piloted during summer school in anticipation of the roll out for the 2019-20 school year. Get more information about Here Comes the Bus

Bus Delay Notification System - Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or utilize the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information is available through 12 noon and afternoon route information is available from 1:00-7:00pm.

 

Blue-White Calendar

Holmes operates on a block schedule, with Blue Days (periods 1, 3, 5, & 7) and White Days (periods 2, SOAR Time, ER, 4, & 6).  Our Blue-White Calendar for the year can be found below, and will also be located in students' agendas.   (NOTE: The assignment of blue days and white days remains the same throughout the year regardless of cancellations that may occur due to inclement weather.  

Bell Schedule

Our bell schedule has only changed slightly this year to introduce a new period call SOAR time and to decrease the number of ER (Enrichment & Remediation) rotations throughout the year.  More to come in future newsletters about what happens in SOAR Time and ER.  

SOAR Time

We are excited to begin SOAR Time this year at Holmes!  SOAR Time will take the place of ER-8 and will occur every white day throughout the year.  SOAR Time will be a homebase for students, who will be in small groups of 12-14 students with a teacher.  This period will provide an opportunity to conduct schoolwide lessons, to help students get and stay organized throughout the year, to have time to stay up to date with their coursework, and have time to read and reflect on their progress.  

 

Lockers

Lockers will be distributed to all students on Tuesday, September 10th.  Students must turn in their Emergency Care and Health Information forms in order to receive their lockers.  

Laptops

We are excited to be able to expand our one-to-one laptop program this year to include 7th grade!  8th graders will receive laptops through SOAR Time on Thursday, August 29th, and 7th graders will receive laptops through SOAR Time on Wednesday, September 4th.  Students must turn in the 1:1 Laptop Form (in the packets mailed home) in order to receive their laptops.  

Backpacks

ALL students will be permitted to carry backpacks during the school day through September 10th, when they will receive their locker assignments. 

After September 10th:

  • 7th & 8th graders will be permitted to carry backpacks throughout the day to protect their laptops 
  • 6th graders will be required to store their backpacks in their lockers from 7:30-2:15.  

Suggestions:

  • 7th & 8th grade students may want to have a smaller (but sturdy) string backpack to use during the school day.  
  • Encourage students to only carry what they need during the school day.  They will have opportunities to stop at their lockers throughout the day.

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • First Week's Schedule
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • After-School Program
  • Capital One Coders
  • Library Volunteers Needed
  • Students Invited to Audition for Winter Musical
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Save the Dates
  • How to Stay in Touch

 

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions that you have about the upcoming year!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

First Week's Schedule of Classes: 8/26-8/30

Schedule for first week of school:

Mon., 8/26 = FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues., 8/27 = White Day (2nd, 4th, 6th) SOAR Time

Wed., 8/28 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 8/29 = White Day (2nd, 4th 6th) SOAR Time

Fri., 8/30 - NO SCHOOL / STUDENT HOLIDAY

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

After-School Program

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Monday, 9/16 - Hawk Club & Homework Rooms begin.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians this week.   (NOTE: Any student can stay for Hawk Club & Homework Room at any time during the school year.  "Hawk Club" is the combination of time in Homework Rooms and a recreational period each day after school).)
  • Monday, 9/23 - Late Buses, Clubs, & Teacher Help After School Begin.  Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  

If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Ms. Denise Taylor at edtaylor@fcps.edu.  

Capital One Coders Program is a special 10-week coding curriculum for middle school students. The Capital One Coders Middle School Initiative supports students as they learn how to develop apps for mobile devices using App Inventor blocks-based programming language. Led by Capital One volunteers, hundreds of young students gain exposure to software engineering principles and practices.

20 Holmes students will have the opportunity to get hands on experience learning software development, problem solving, and even develop their own app.  If you are interested and committed to meet every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 PM for the entire 10-week program (from September 25th through December 4th), Please sign into your fcpsschools.net email accounts and fill out the application linked below.  The deadline for all  submissions is 3 PM on Friday, September 6th.

Capital Coders Application Fall 2019

Library Volunteers Needed

The Holmes Library is actively seeking parent volunteers to help with various tasks.  If you are interested in being a parent volunteer, please contact our librarian, Ms. Corina Haywood .  Any amount of time you are available is appreciated.

Students Invited to Audition for Winter Musical

All Holmes students are invited to audition for this year’s winter musical: Annie, Jr! Students do not need to be in Theatre or Chorus to audition, all are welcome! Auditions will be held on Monday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 11th. This is before late buses begin, but a bus will be provided on Wednesday 9/11 for students who need it. “Callbacks” will be held on Thursday, September 12th. Don’t want to audition? Sign up for Stage Crew! Students should pick up an information packet in I-hall, and can see Ms. Eddinger, Mrs. Murphy or Ms. Faraldi with questions.

Performances will be:

  • Thursday, 12/5 @ 7 pm
  • Friday, 12/6 @ 7pm
  • Saturday, 12/7 @ 2pm
Important Dates
  • Wed., 8/21, 11 am - 5 pm - Schedule Pick up (All grades)
  • Thur., 8/22, 9 am - 3:30 pm - Schedule Pick up (All grades)
  • Thur., 8/22, 8 - 10:30 am - 6th Grade/New Student & Parent Orientation
  • Mon., 8/26, 7:30 am - First Day of School
  • Wed., 8/28 5 - 8:30 pm - Open House / Back to School Night
  • Fri., 8/30 - NO SCHOOL - Holiday for Students & Teachers
  • Mon., 9/2 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 
  • Mon., 9/16 - First Day of After-School Program (Homework Rooms & Hawk Club only)
  • Mon., 9/23 - First Day of Late Buses (Clubs & Teacher Help begin)
2019-20 Save the Dates How to Stay In-Touch

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Holmes MS Weekly Update - 8/18/19

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Principal's Note

Good morning & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Just one week until we welcome students back for the first day of school on August 26th!  On Friday, we began welcoming teachers back for the year, and our big kickoff is tomorrow morning!  

We hope to see you this week at one of the Schedule Pick-Ups on either Wednesday, 8/21 or Thursday, 8/22.  We also welcome all 6th grade parents and parents of students new to Holmes to our 6th Grade and New Student Orientation on Thursday morning, 8/22.  While students will be engaged in activities, we'll have a session for parents as well.  More details below.   Can't make it?  That's okay!  We will have an "Early Bird" session for 6th grade and new parents at Back to School night on Wednesday, August 28th.  

And, of course, at any time, feel free to reach out to me or to your student's counselor or Assistant Principal for any questions or concerns you might have. 

 

Parent Survey / Encuesta de Padres

Parents/Guardians: Please help us to continue our planning for the school year by completing the survey below about parent events, which will be open for responses until Friday, August 30th.  

2019-20 Holmes MS Parent Survey / Encuesta de padres 

 

 

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R)

One important document that schools have not received yet is the 2019-20 Student Rights & Responsibilities.  The electronic copy of the document is available at the link, and students will be given hard copies of it to bring home when we receive it at school.  

Parents have the option of printing and signing the signature sheet to acknowledge receipt of the link, but are also welcome to wait until the hard copy of the booklet has been received. Copies of the signature sheet will also be available in the main office.  

Buses

While we have not received students' bus assignments yet from the Transportation Department, we do expect to receive them very soon.  Typically, Transportation sends communication directly to each family with the regular and late bus assignments.  (Note: Late buses will be available to students staying in the After School Program on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays beginning Monday, September 23rd.)

 

Blue-White Calendar

Holmes operates on a block schedule, with Blue Days (periods 1, 3, 5, & 7) and White Days (periods 2, SOAR Time, ER, 4, & 6).  Our Blue-White Calendar for the year can be found below, and will also be located in students' agendas.   (NOTE: The assignment of blue days and white days remains the same throughout the year regardless of cancellations that may occur due to inclement weather.  

Bell Schedule

Our bell schedule has only changed slightly this year to introduce a new period call SOAR time and to decrease the number of ER (Enrichment & Remediation) rotations throughout the year.  More to come in future newsletters about what happens in SOAR Time and ER.  

SOAR Time

We are excited to begin SOAR Time this year at Holmes!  SOAR Time will take the place of ER-8 and will occur every white day throughout the year.  SOAR Time will be a homebase for students, who will be in small groups of 12-14 students with a teacher.  This period will provide an opportunity to conduct schoolwide lessons, to help students get and stay organized throughout the year, to have time to stay up to date with their coursework, and have time to read and reflect on their progress.  

 

Lockers

Lockers will be distributed to all students on Tuesday, September 10th.  Students must turn in their Emergency Care and Health Information forms in order to receive their lockers.  

NOTE: 6th graders attending the orientation on Thursday morning, August 22nd, will receive their locker assignments so that they can practice opening the combination lock.  They will not, however, be able to store anything in the lockers or use them until they are assigned to all students schoolwide on September 10th.

Laptops

We are excited to be able to expand our one-to-one laptop program this year to include 7th grade!  8th graders will receive laptops through SOAR Time on Thursday, August 29th, and 7th graders will receive laptops through SOAR Time on Wednesday, September 4th.  Students must turn in the 1:1 Laptop Form (in the packets mailed home) in order to receive their laptops.  

Backpacks

ALL students will be permitted to carry backpacks during the school day through September 10th, when they will receive their locker assignments. 

After September 10th:

  • 7th & 8th graders will be permitted to carry backpacks throughout the day to protect their laptops 
  • 6th graders will be required to store their backpacks in their lockers from 7:30-2:15.  

Suggestions:

  • 7th & 8th grade students may want to have a smaller (but sturdy) string backpack to use during the school day.  
  • Encourage students to only carry what they need during the school day.  They will have opportunities to stop at their lockers throughout the day.

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Upcoming Events
  • First Week's Schedule
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • After-School Program
  • FCPS CARES
  • Summer F.E.E.D.S.
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Save the Dates
  • How to Stay in Touch

 

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions that you have about the upcoming year!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Upcoming Events

Schedule Pick up

  • Wednesday 8/21: 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday 8/22: 9 AM - 3:30 PM

****Please bring completed forms (packets were mailed out to families last week)

  • Attention families of students who are unable to pick up schedules:  On the first day of school, all students' names will be posted by last name in various locations throughout the school with the first period room number and teacher name.  All students will receive an updated schedule on the first day of school.

 6th Grade/New Student and Parent Orientation

  • When:  Thursday, August 22, 8AM -10:30AM

Where: Holmes Middle School

**** Transportation will be provided from your local elementary school (Bren Mar Park, Columbia, Parklawn, and North Springfield,  Weyanoke (Please note Weyanoke students will be picked up at bus stops which will be communicated at a later date)

Who:  All new and 6th grade students and parents to Holmes

***Parents will have an opportunity to learn key information about Holmes with our parent liaisons!

 

First Day of School

  • When:  Monday, August 26  (Blue Day – periods 1/3/5/7), 7:30AM-2:15PM

 

First Week's Schedule of Classes: 8/26-8/30

Schedule for first week of school:

Mon., 8/26 = FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues., 8/27 = White Day (2nd, 4th, 6th) SOAR Time

Wed., 8/28 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 8/29 = White Day (2nd, 4th 6th) SOAR Time

Fri., 8/30 - NO SCHOOL / STUDENT HOLIDAY

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website, which is currently in the process of being updated.  

Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

After-School Program FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

Food for Every Child to Eat During the Summer (F.E.E.D.S.) Important Dates
  • Wed., 8/21, 11 am - 5 pm - Schedule Pick up (All grades)
  • Thur., 8/22, 9 am - 3:30 pm - Schedule Pick up (All grades)
  • Thur., 8/22, 8 - 10:30 am - 6th Grade/New Student & Parent Orientation
  • Mon., 8/26, 7:30 am - First Day of School
  • Wed., 8/28 5 - 8:30 pm - Open House / Back to School Night
  • Fri., 8/30 - NO SCHOOL - Holiday for Students & Teachers
  • Mon., 9/2 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 
  • Mon., 9/16 - First Day of After-School Program (Homework Rooms & Hawk Club only)
  • Mon., 9/23 - First Day of Late Buses 
2019-20 Save the Dates How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 8/11/19

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Principal's Note

Good morning & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year at Holmes Middle School!  We are so excited to welcome students and families back to Holmes, and we have been working hard throughout the summer to get ready for the school year!

 

Parent Survey / Encuesta de Padres

Parents/Guardians: Please help us to continue our planning for the school year by completing the survey below about parent events, which will be open for responses until Friday, August 30th.  

2019-20 Holmes MS Parent Survey / Encuesta de padres 

 

Welcome, New Administrators & Counselors!

We have had some big changes to our administrative and counseling teams this year, including 2 new administrators (Mr. Simmons & Mr. Barrow) and 3 new counselors).  This year (and in years to come), we will be organized alphabetically by the students' last names (rather than by grade level). Take a look at the chart below to see who your student's counselor and administrator will be. Scroll down further for the picture of our team members!

 

 

By now, you should have received your packet from our Student Services office in the mail with important information about the start of the school year, including important forms to complete and return.  (Scroll down further down in the newsletter for more information about important schedule pickup dates coming up when those forms can be turned in.)  

 

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R)

One important document that schools have not received yet is the 2019-20 Student Rights & Responsibilities.  The electronic copy of the document is available at the link, and students will be given hard copies of it to bring home when we receive it at school.  

Parents have the option of printing and signing the signature sheet to acknowledge receipt of the link, but are also welcome to wait until the hard copy of the booklet has been received. Copies of the signature sheet will also be available in the main office.  

Buses

While we have not received students' bus assignments yet from the Transportation Department, we do expect to receive them very soon.  Typically, Transportation sends communication directly to each family with the regular and late bus assignments.  (Note: Late buses will be available to students staying in the After School Program on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays beginning Monday, September 23rd.)

 

Blue-White Calendar

Holmes operates on a block schedule, with Blue Days (periods 1, 3, 5, & 7) and White Days (periods 2, SOAR Time, ER, 4, & 6).  Our Blue-White Calendar for the year can be found below, and will also be located in students' agendas.   (NOTE: The assignment of blue days and white days remains the same throughout the year regardless of cancellations that may occur due to inclement weather.  

Bell Schedule

Our bell schedule has only changed slightly this year to introduce a new period call SOAR time and to decrease the number of ER (Enrichment & Remediation) rotations throughout the year.  More to come in future newsletters about what happens in SOAR Time and ER.  

SOAR Time

We are excited to begin SOAR Time this year at Holmes!  SOAR Time will take the place of ER-8 and will occur every white day throughout the year.  SOAR Time will be a homebase for students, who will be in small groups of 12-14 students with a teacher.  This period will provide an opportunity to conduct schoolwide lessons, to help students get and stay organized throughout the year, to have time to stay up to date with their coursework, and have time to read and reflect on their progress.  

 

Lockers

Lockers will be distributed to all students on Tuesday, September 10th.  Students must turn in their Emergency Care and Health Information forms in order to receive their lockers.  

NOTE: 6th graders attending the orientation on Thursday morning, August 22nd, will receive their locker assignments so that they can practice opening the combination lock.  They will not, however, be able to store anything in the lockers or use them until they are assigned to all students schoolwide on September 10th.

Laptops

We are excited to be able to expand our one-to-one laptop program this year to include 7th grade!  8th graders will receive laptops through SOAR Time on Thursday, August 29th, and 7th graders will receive laptops through SOAR Time on Wednesday, September 4th.  Students must turn in the 1:1 Laptop Form (in the packets mailed home) in order to receive their laptops.  

Backpacks

ALL students will be permitted to carry backpacks during the school day through September 10th, when they will receive their locker assignments. 

After September 10th:

  • 7th & 8th graders will be permitted to carry backpacks throughout the day to protect their laptops 
  • 6th graders will be required to store their backpacks in their lockers from 7:30-2:15.  

Suggestions:

  • 7th & 8th grade students may want to have a smaller (but sturdy) string backpack to use during the school day.  
  • Encourage students to only carry what they need during the school day.  They will have opportunities to stop at their lockers throughout the day.

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Upcoming Events
  • First Week's Schedule
  • Online Free & Reduced-Price Application Information
  • After-School Program
  • FCPS CARES
  • Summer F.E.E.D.S.
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Save the Dates
  • How to Stay in Touch

 

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions that you have about the upcoming year!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Admin Team (standing, left to right): Serena Giron, Director of Student Services; Justin Simmons, Assistant Principal; Rose Moore, Assistant Principal; Margaret Barnes, Principal; Robert Barrow, Dean of Students

Counseling Team (sitting, left to right): Bessie Fealey, Kelly Murphy, Erika Davis, Victor Carias

Welcome to Dana Wallace, our new Special Education Department Chair at Holmes Middle School!  Ms. Wallace is coming to us from Edison High School.  She is excited to welcome our families back and is available as a resource to you with any questions that you have about the support your student is receiving through his/her IEP.  If you need to contact her, she can be reached at ddwallace@fcps.edu.

Upcoming Events

Schedule Pick up

  • Wednesday 8/21: 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday 8/22: 9 AM - 3:30 PM

****Please bring completed forms (packets were mailed out to families last week)

  • Attention families of students who are unable to pick up schedules:  On the first day of school, all students' names will be posted by last name in various locations throughout the school with the first period room number and teacher name.  All students will receive an updated schedule on the first day of school.

 6th Grade/New Student and Parent Orientation

  • When:  Thursday, August 22, 8AM -10:30AM

Where: Holmes Middle School

**** Transportation will be provided from your local elementary school (Bren Mar Park, Columbia, Parklawn, and North Springfield,  Weyanoke (Please note Weyanoke students will be picked up at bus stops which will be communicated at a later date)

Who:  All new and 6th grade students and parents to Holmes

***Parents will have an opportunity to learn key information about Holmes with our parent liaisons!

 

First Day of School

  • When:  Monday, August 26  (Blue Day – periods 1/3/5/7), 7:30AM-2:15PM

 

First Week's Schedule of Classes: 8/26-8/30

Schedule for first week of school:

Mon., 8/26 = FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues., 8/27 = White Day (2nd, 4th, 6th) SOAR Time

Wed., 8/28 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 8/29 = White Day (2nd, 4th 6th) SOAR Time

Fri., 8/30 - NO SCHOOL / STUDENT HOLIDAY

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website, which is currently in the process of being updated.  

Online Free and Reduced-Price Application Information

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2019-2020 school year.  Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application include a designated section with a consent to share information for potential waiver of fees for other programs. This allows parents/guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and provide consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings.  Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information visit the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

After-School Program FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

Food for Every Child to Eat During the Summer (F.E.E.D.S.) Important Dates
  • Wed., 8/21, 11 am - 5 pm - Schedule Pick up (All grades)
  • Thur., 8/22, 9 am - 3:30 pm - Schedule Pick up (All grades)
  • Thur., 8/22, 8 - 10:30 am - 6th Grade/New Student & Parent Orientation
  • Mon., 8/26, 7:30 am - First Day of School
  • Wed., 8/28 5 - 8:30 pm - Open House / Back to School Night
  • Fri., 8/30 - NO SCHOOL - Holiday for Students & Teachers
  • Mon., 9/2 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 
  • Mon., 9/16 - First Day of After-School Program (Homework Rooms & Hawk Club only)
  • Mon., 9/23 - First Day of Late Buses 
2019-20 Save the Dates How to Stay In-Touch

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